Community Wildfire Defense Grant - March 2023 Funded Proposals
The Community Wildfire Defense Program assists at-risk communities, including Tribal communities, with planning for and lowering wildfire risks on tribal, state, and privately-managed land. The program comes at a time when the nation faces an ongoing wildfire crisis, and these grants support the Forest Service’s plan to confront the wildfire crisis across all lands.
News and Announcements
- Press Release: Biden-Harris Administration Invests Nearly $200M from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Reduce Wildfire Risk to Communities across State, Private and Tribal Lands
- Press Release: Biden-Harris Administration announces $1 Billion in Community Wildfire Defense Grants from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Funded Proposals by State:
Village of Aniak, Native Village of Aniak Community Wildfire Protection Plan
$217,038 to complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The community is historically underserved, vulnerable, and will likely experience difficulty preparing for and responding to wildfire. Aniak has, on average, greater wildfire likelihood than 82% of tribal areas and counties in Alaska.
International Association of Fire Chiefs, Exercise and Project Implementation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans
$341,217 for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to provide peer-to-peer guidance, subject-matter expertise, and funding to aid in the exercise and implementation of projects within 2022 Gila County's Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) over a 24-month period. The CWPP identify high-priority projects including the No. 1 priority in both plans, community education and outreach, evacuation planning, and fuels mitigation projects all of which are aimed at reducing wildfire risk to the community.
- Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, Chicken Ranch Fuel Mitigation
$315,599 to conduct fuels reduction within their Tribal and adjacent lands and train Tribal personnel in Cultural and Traditional Fire Management through a partnership with Hoopa Valley Tribal Council. Completing this project allows for the Tribe to self-support regular and ongoing smaller-scale fuels reduction activities on their lands as a planned maintenance activity.
Wildfire Adapted Partnership, Archuleta County CWPP Implementation
$1,110,024 to treat 600 acres of hazardous fuels protecting 325 structures, reducing the overall risk of wildfire in the WUI. This project will also reach a minimum of 5,000 individuals through its Firewise USA or similar activities through WAPs Neighborhood Ambassador Program, presentations to HOAs, presentations to other community groups, public events, and public awareness campaigns through the local newspaper and radio station.
Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council, Rabun County Community Wildfire Protection Plan
$190,440 to create a comprehensive Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Rabun County and will not only identify and rank the entire county as to the wildfire risk within the county but will provide sensible mitigation practices to help reduce those risk, especially those communities within the wildland urban interface.
- Kauai Fire Department, Updating a CWPP for Kauai County
$78,000 This project will engage community and agency partners in order to collaboratively complete a hazard assessment, identify shared wildfire concerns, and begin prioritizing risk-reducing actions for purposes of updating a Community Wildfire Protection Plan from 2016.
- Idaho Firewise Inc, Idaho County CWPP Education Program Support
$193,844 to provide outreach and education to proposed communities in Idaho. Along with promoting Firewise Communities specifically in communities receiving fuels reduction projects to increase accountability and maintenance.
Pulaski County Fiscal Court, Pulaski County Wildfire Grant 2022
$73,675 to hire a Project Director to create a new comprehensive Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Pulaski County.
St. Louis City Fire Adapted Communities
$890,925 to fire departments, lake & road associations, and township boards in the highest wildfire risk areas in St. Louis County to increase wildfire awareness, reduce fuels and provide opportunities to help their communities be more wildfire resilient. The resulting collaboration will yield twenty hazardous fuels mitigations project for a combined 225 acres over the next 5-year period.
- DNRC, North Gallatin Front Wildland Urban Interface Mitigation Project
$1,589,160 to mitigate the risk of wildland fire on approximately 1,000 acres in a project area in southwestern Montana consisting of 1,077 addressed households within the 28,944 acres of private wildland urban interface land. The project is designed to dovetail with future and current work being conducted on the 72,327 acres of public lands in the project area. This project will provide cost match funding for private property owners to conduct home ignition zone work on about 700 acres and small-scale landscape work on about 300 acres of larger lots.
The Nature Conservancy, Reducing Wildfire Risk in North-Central Nebraska
$182,866 to reduce hazardous fuels/restore fire adapted ecosystems at the 56,000-acre Niobrara Valley Preserve (NVP) to reduce the severity and impacts of wildfire on surrounding communities. This project spans three years and includes six target sites totaling approximately 435 acres. TNC will establish 200-foot-wide fire breaks with the objective of removing all cedar trees and any standing dead trees at these sites and will follow-up with fire.
Somersett Owners Association, Implementation of CWPP Priority Projects to Reduce Catastrophic Impacts of Unmitigated Wildfires
$2,340,061 enabling the community to mitigate the risks of wildfire by leveraging resources, increasing community awareness, and investing in fire fuel mitigation projects that will result in Hazardous Fuels reduction of approx. 900+ acres.
- Forest Stewards Guild, Community Wildfire Mitigation in the Greater Santa Fe Fire Shed
$1,314,366 to deliver accomplishments in measurable timely outcomes over the next five years; 500+ home hazard assessments (HHAs) completed, 125+ of high-priority acres treated through fuels mitigation treatments, increasing the number and geographic coverage of Fire shed ambassadors, and the number of education and outreach events.
- Update Community Wildfire Protection Plans for Mitchell County
$118,935 to update five Community Wildfire Protection Plans that are more than five years old and two expired Community Wildfire Protection Plans in Mitchell County, NC.
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Turtle Mountain CWPP Update
$248,924 to conduct thorough planning resulting in the adoption of well-prepared plan that addresses issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness --which includes smoke readiness-- structure protection and will greatly assist the tribal government in planning and prioritizing project work.
City of Davis, Turner Falls Natural Wildland Restoration Project
$134,477 Decreasing wild fire threat by removing ground and cedar fuel within a high threat fire area while developing accessible firebreaks to enable firefighters access to acreage with little to no current fire equipment access. This will result in the completion of 9 projects with the target of reducing hazardous fuels for a total of 1500 acres.
- Curry County Soil and Water Conservation District, Gorse Fuels Treatment to Reduce Catastrophic Wildfire
$1,338,078 to implement hazardous wildfire fuels reduction that has been prioritized in the Curry County Community Wildfire Protection Plan and the Curry County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. This grant will be used to treat the area and reduce the wildfire risk to multiple communities from an invasive species.
City of Mission, Mission Volunteer Fire Department Community Wildfire Defense Planning Project
$62,289 to create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that focuses on the planning required to produce a document that addresses assisting the Fire District in mitigating the risk against wildfires. As part of the planning process, the VFD will also use grant funds to identify water sources that can greatly aid the CWPPs implementation and is part of naming all vulnerabilities and resources within the fire district.
- North Tooele Fire District - Community Outreach
$381,250 to form a team of firefighters who exhibit aspects of being Fire and Life Safety Educators, Data Collection Administrators, Fire Inspectors and Wildland/Urban Interface Specialists. These firefighters will be directly involved with homeowners to provide home assessments and mitigation recommendations. They will promote Firewise and FireSense Utah to move our District to that of a Fire Adapted Community. They will also work within the community to raise general wildfire awareness through public demonstrations, increase social media coverage, install Fire Danger signage, and create code improvements.
- Chelan County Natural Resource Department, Stemilt-Squilchuck Forest Resilience Project
$328,036 to plan and implement 400 acres of mechanical thinning in high priority units across ownerships in the planning area from 2023-2025. Implementing thinning/fuels reduction projects across the Stemilt-Squilchuck landscape that serve to increase the footprint of ongoing work in the area and make a meaningful impact on stand structure.
- Town of Washington, Fuel Reduction
$ 246,939 to augment, enhance, and expand the Town of Washington Community Wildfire Protection Plan to protect lives, property, and resources from wildfire and provide for public safety. This will be accomplished through improving wildfire planning efforts and increasing the safety of the public and emergency responders' vegetation management on town rights-of-way and reduce hazardous fuels to mitigate fire danger by supporting the town’s brush site through annual chipping.
Crooked Creek Community Fuels Mitigation Project
$234,825 to expand and connect other area treatments on a landscape level in a location that has not been financially possible in the past. This will be accomplished by contracting activities that will reduce fuel loads and restore forest health to provide wildfire resilience to all lands and properties.